Latest Marac National Dataset
About the Marac National Dataset
A Marac (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) is a meeting where information is shared on victims at the highest risk of serious harm or murder as a result of domestic abuse. It is attended by representatives of local agencies such as police and health. The meetings usually take place monthly or fortnightly, and discuss an average of 16 cases at each meeting.
There are approximately 290 Maracs across the UK. Marac data is data submitted to SafeLives, by individual Maracs, on a quarterly basis. It comprises the date of meetings held within the quarter and basic information about the cases discussed at each meeting date (e.g. total number of cases, number of cases referred by a certain agency, number of cases where the victim has a disability, etc). Each quarter the data is collated and published to create the national dataset shown below.
Latest UK Marac data
12 months 01/07/2020 to 30/06/2021
12 months 01/04/2020 to 31/03/2021
|Total number of Maracs who submitted data||297*||293|
|Number of cases seen at these Maracs||116,059||113,538|
|Year-on-year change in number of cases||+9%||+8%|
|Number of children||143,673||141,024|
|Number of cases per 10,000 adult females||46||44|
|% of repeat cases seen at these Maracs||33%||33%|
|% of partner agency referrals to these Maracs||35%||35%|
*The number of Maracs held in Essex has gone from seven to four. Data from both old and new Maracs are included so the number of Essex Maracs is overrepresented in the total number of Maracs
|Diversity||Latest Quarter||Previous Quarter|
|% of these cases where the victim is Black, Asian or racially minoritised||16.6%||16.6%|
|% of these cases where the victim is LGBT+||1.4%||1.4%|
|% of these cases where the victim has a disability||7.9%||7.5%|
|% of these cases where the victim is a male||6.2%||5.9%|
|Young people||Latest Quarter||Previous Quarter|
|Number of cases where victims aged 16-17||1,356||1,320|
|% of cases where victims aged 16-17||1.2%||1.2%|
|Number aged 17 or below perpetrating abuse||1,042||1,076|
Data by Police Force area, region and country (England and Wales)
A summary of Marac data by Police Force area, region and country is available annually for England and Wales.
This data can be compared with the 2017/18 dataset, which was published as part of the ONS Domestic Abuse Bulletin, available here (please note that the address for this bulletin may change in the coming months). The UK wide dataset (see section above) includes data from Maracs in Scotland and Northern Ireland, however data on these Maracs is not currently included in this annual breakdown.
Key findings and Focus on analysis
Every quarter we produce a short research brief, focusing on one area of the Marac data. These ‘Focus on’ analyses can be found by clicking on the links below. From Q4 2020 these documents also include a key findings summary of the Marac data at a national level.
- Q1 2021: April 2020 to March 2021: Key findings and Focus on quarterly case changes
- Q4 2020: January 2020 to December 2020: Key findings and Focus on quarterly case changes
- Q3 2020: October 2019 to September 2020: Five year trend & quarterly case changes
- Q2 2020: July 2019 to June 2020: Focus on lockdown quarterly case changes
- Q1 2020: April 2019 to March 2020: Focus on cases per 10,000
- Q4 2019: January 2019 to December 2019: Focus on repeat rates
- Q3 2019: October 2018 to September 2019: Focus on children in household
- Q2 2019: July 2018 to June 2019: Focus on meeting frequency
- Q1 2019: April 2018 to March 2019: Focus on ethnicity
- Q4 2018: January 2018 to December 2018: Focus on referral routes
- Q3 2018: October 2017 to September 2018: Focus on young people
Information for Maracs
By tracking the performance of your Marac through data collection, you can identify local strengths and challenges to ensure the safety of victims of domestic abuse from all communities. Send us your completed data form every quarter and SafeLives will send you quarterly performance data about your Marac along with national data to use as a benchmark.
By submitting your data you will also be helping SafeLives to build a national picture of Maracs. This enables us to work proactively with the national Marac steering group to address common issues at a strategic level and develop policy that supports your work.
How do I submit the data?
Data can be submitted online. To get started, or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org - we are not able to accept Marac referrals, please call our Bristol office on 0117 403 3220 for assistance.